Gutters are fairly basic and affordable considering the purpose they serve: protecting much more valuable areas of your house. Gutters help keep rain water off the siding, windows, porch, deck and basement, routing it away from your home.
That means, anything that can protect your gutters and helps them work more efficiently is a great investment.
Gutter guards are an inexpensive product you can install on any type of gutters, and they serve as a protective screen for your gutters so debris and pests can’t get inside of them. Installing gutter guards can be a money-saving measure that you’ll be rewarded for for many years.
There are many styles of gutter guard. The type you choose to install will depend on your available budget and the type of gutters you have on your home. Gutter guards are made of either aluminum, nylon or plastic.
Birmingham Gutter Service installs all styles of gutter guards in Birmingham. Call 205-272-5118 or click here for a FREE gutter guard installation estimate today!
Typically, gutter guards will cost around as much per linear foot as the gutters cost themselves. But in the long run, you’re going to save a lot of time and money by installing them. Here are some of the reasons we recommend to install gutter guards on your house:
Improve Drainage by Preventing Clogs – Gutter guards keep most debris out of your gutters. Otherwise large pieces of debris settle in the gutter first, then smaller pieces collect around them. Of all the different gutter guard models, all of them block larger pieces of debris from getting stuck to begin with.
Reduce Mold & Mildew Growth – Gutter guards help water to flow through the gutters faster since it is unhindered by large debris. Rain is one of the primary causes of mold and mildew growth, therefore moving the water faster through the gutters reduces the amount of time rain spends sitting still, leading to mold and mildew.
Prevent Pests from Nesting – Keeping squirrels, chipmunks, birds and insects out of gutters and off the roof is often an endless battle. Every style of gutter guard prevents pests from building nests within the gutter. Some homeowners choose to install gutter guards for no other reason than this.
Gutter Cleaning Less Often – Gutter guards have to be removed in order to clean the gutters, but if they are present, this job doesn’t have to be done as regularly. Leaf guards can cut down the frequency that you need to clean out the gutters – or or hire a company to do the job for you – so that you may only need to have them cleaned out once a year.
Protection From Fires – A typical way fires spread to homes is if embers fall inside of gutters where there is dry debris. This debris fuels the fire until it grows and damages the roof, and then the entire home. A standard gutter guard installation can protect your home from this fire risk.
Prevent Ice Dams – If you live in an area that gets frequent below-freezing temperatures, snow and ice, you’ll be interested to know that gutter guards can help stop snow and ice from staying up on your roof. Their designs redirect melting ice and snow to get it off your roof faster.
These are all problems that affect hundreds of thousands of homes every year. Gutter guards protect an important system that protects the rest of the home. If you haven’t thought about installing them before, it could be time to think about it.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits of gutter guards. While it might be tempting to run out and buy the model you think will work best – how much different could they be, right? – you still have to install them correctly. In the end, you’re much better off having a professional gutter guard installation service do the job for you.
Not only will their installation be more reliable than your DIY work, but a professional gutter guard service and installer will be able to suggest the best type of gutter system for your home in the first place. They are familiar with all of the options, and they will consider each factor carefully when making their recommendation.
Here are some of the things a gutter guard company will think about when choosing the best gutter guards for your home:
Material – Gutter guards can be manufactured with aluminum, plastic, foam or a handful of different materials. Some gutter guards are designed for temporary usage and others are designed to last as long as your gutters. The construction plays a key factor in how long gutter guards will last.
Installation method – The type of gutter guards we would encourage for a homeowner to install themselves is the drop in kind that do not require any fastening to the gutters. Installing the other types, including snap-in and screw-on gutter guards, might destroy your rain gutters if they’re not installed correctly.
Appearance – Some gutter guards boast a low profile so they cannot be seen from ground level, while some styles are visible. If this is an important requirement, you are limited on the type of gutter guard you can install, and limited even more by the type of gutters you have. If it is very important for you to have low profile gutter guards installed, it may be necessary for you to buy new gutters.
Warranty – Most gutter guard styles will come with a shorter warranty, but most of the aluminum models are guaranteed for at least 10-20 years. By having a licensed gutter guard installer in Birmingham (instead of doing it yourself), you won’t void your warranty. Gutter guards should not lift your shingles, nor should the installation void your roof’s warranty.
Another great thing about having Birmingham Gutter Service install your gutter guards is that we’ll come back and repair them for FREE if there is any issue due to the installation from our team.
Your budget is, of course, the final factor in deciding the gutter guards you will have installed. We offer a wide range of options for all budgets, and will provide the benefits listed above, to one degree or another.
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